...and for those of you wondering how all this geeky blogging is all possible... This little device has been worth it's wait in gold. A USB modem that plugs into a small router that allows 5 connections kept this iFamily surfing the net and posting photos of the trip... See you back in Anchorage!!
Ducking into McDonald's to access their free internet to locate a store, we had to take a picture of their hi-tech ordering system. Punch in your order on the screen and walk over to the counter and pick it up. Even fast food workers are losing their jobs to technology. (We didn't order a beer, but it was on the menu.)
Montserrat offers many amazing views and trails for hiking and exploring. Given just an hour and a half from our tour we were able to see quite a lot, but this awe inspiring setting calls for at least a full day to fully appreciate. Perhaps staying here at the 80 room hotel located on the grounds are in order some day.
Here we are approaching Montserrat. Montserrat began as a Benedictine Monastery in the 16th Century and has grown into a very popular tourist attraction. In 1987 the area was declared a Natural Park as has miles and miles of nature trails to explore.
Uncorking three bottles of this vineyard's fine cavas was a highlight of today's adventure. Bottle number 1, aged at least 30 months, was the most dry without added sugars - called Cava Natural. Bottle number 2, aged at least 24 months, and with a second fermentation of more sugars was sweeter and called extra brut. Bottle number 3, aged at least 18 months, also with a second fermentation process was a rose Cava. It was the sweetest of the three and made with different a extraction technique to get the red color from the grape skin.
We were lucky enough to be there as the grapes were being funneled into a pressurized chamber for extraction and later storage (second photo) which will then turn into million bottles of world famous Cava (Spanish champagne)
One of the most beautiful corners in the heart of Sitges just happens to have an optical store at it's base. Why is this important you might ask... Well, when one drops his sunglasses and bends the frame, a quick trip to an optical shop was just the ticket.